Spring has sprung! And despite the gray skies and chilly temps, the calendar tells us that we can now begin to break free of the equally gloomy hues that have been dominating our wardrobes all winter long. Spring runways have been getting us excited for the coming season since way back in September, brimming with the splashy hues and vibrant patterns we can finally set our watches to. Spring forward with a modern take on stripes.
Contrary to what some may say, just because we are in the doldrums of winter, it does not mean we can’t still feel pretty. Though it can seem tough, when we’re burdened down with layer after cumbersome layer, pretty pieces should still be tucked underneath, waiting for a moment to be revealed. And in this ongoing pursuit of pretty, we…
The holidays are over and we’re about to settle into the long, dark stretch of winter doldrums. And despite the short days and painfully cold nights, now is the best time to dive headfirst into those sumptuous winter fabrics we’ve been saving for just this occasion. And if winter fabrics were a kingdom, then velvet would be queen.
‘Tis the season for silver and gold! The holidays are the best time of year to break out your festive finery and sparkle and shine the whole month through. We handpicked a few of our favorite metallic pieces, ranging from flirty to sophisticated, inspired by the Fall/Winter 2016 runways but budget friendly enough so you can be the shining star of your next festive holiday fete!
Despite the unseasonal warmth we’ve been experiencing in cities like Chicago and New York this fall, as our beloved Jon Snow likes to say, “Winter is coming.” So to prep our minds, bodies and wardrobes for the impending frost, we’ve started working in warm weather fabrics one accessory and outerwear staple at a time. One of the best go-to fabrics that blends fashion and function is shearling. Designers have a field day with the soft and fuzzy fabrics on fall/winter fabrics and 2016 was no exception. The only down side is that the luxe layer can often be pricey. So we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to work the warmth into your wardrobe without breaking the bank
Black and white has been the obvious color combination season after season after season. And while we never really tire of it, it’s not exactly innovative. So why not consider black and red? I’m not just saying this because Christmas is coming either. I really love the pop of bright red against black and not only in a tartan Clan Munro plaid either (but I adore that too). There is something very 80’s and punk about red and black and that’s really getting back to my roots or core (the 80’s were a fun time for me). Yet the black and red color combination of today is sophisticated, yet playful.
In case you missed the memo, VELVET is the fabric to wear and wear and wear this fall/winter. It’s everywhere and no longer for just the holidays either. You are allowed to and should wear it day and/or night – with dressy pants or your favorite jeans! Now I could go on and on with various velvet pieces you should try (and I will), but today we are going to focus on the one item you must absolutely own right now (as in go and buy one RIGHT NOW) and that’s the velvet jacket. What kind of jacket, you might be asking? Well you could get a long coat, a duster or a velvet bomber (and those are fine too), but I am personally quite fond of (which means I’m on the hunt for) a single-breasted luxe velvet jacket. And when I want something, I take you all on the experience with me
I warned you I would be going on and on about velvet! Now I’m hot for a pair of velvet shoes. Not to be worn with the velvet jacket I mentioned a couple of days ago of course. One piece at a time. The look is not supposed to be head-to-toe velvet unless you are channeling Prince (may he rest in peace).
I love a menswear inspired button down. In fact if you peak into my closet you will notice I love a LOT of them!I recommend wearing one pretty much with everything, but sometimes you want your menswear button down to look a little more feminine. At least I do
At first I was not sure this trend was age appropriate. Then Carol and I got to talking about how to style fall’s hot shoe trend: block heel ankle strap pumps and I was won over. They are a more sophisticated Mary Jane style and I particularly love the ones with multi straps. You can go a little crazy with the pattern since baroque and florals are so in this season but that could look a little too trendy if you are over 40 and don’t know how to pull the look off properly (don’t go there unless you really know what you are doing or are a fashion risk taker). A safer bet is a black suede, patent or velvet block heel ankle strap pump
I have to give credit where credit is due. Carol pointed out the lace-up trend this fall. I had not noticed women wearing clothes that lace up like sneakers and except for a couple of cute sweaters, this may be a trend I pass on this season. It’s not my personal fave, but you might adore it
The rain. We forgot about the rain! Do you have any rain boots other than Hunter boots? You should. Rain boots have come a long way. You can find pairs that look like biker boots, hiking boots, pointy toe shiny low cut pull-ons and even Valentino Rockstuds!
Last year the “it” sweater was the open and draped cardigan – it could be asymmetrical but it had a flowy effect. Well that was last year. This fall the open cardigan style is oversized and boxy. Picture grabbing that large bulky sweater your grandpa used to wear and you have the idea. We like to call these cardi coats, but they actually hit about mid thigh. We are not talking about the long sweater coats that were so popular in 2002 so don’t get too excited if you kept yours
I am now of the belief you don’t have to spend over $100 on a great pair of jeans. When I look at my massive denim collection I have to admit, some of my favorites are denim under $100. Sure I love my Rag & Bone jeans as much as the next gal, but I also find myself reaching for my Old Navy Rockstar jeans over and over again because they are so damn comfortable and flattering…and you can usually get them for under $40 (Old Navy is always having promotional discounts so wait and pounce like I do). I always get compliments when I wear them and since I am an open book I brag about my discovery
I recently tried on a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood booties with pearls in the heels and I was pleasantly blown away. I never thought of pearls as an embellishment for anything other than jewelry and for the prim and proper. This season pearls are the embellishment of choice. Just check out half of Gucci’s fall collection. Pearls are on everything from jeans to leather jackets and bags to shoes